Plates of barbecued chicken will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at White Oak Baptist Church, 13943 Buffalo Road, Archer Lodge. The cost is $8 per plate, with takeout available. Proceeds will go to the Johnston County Relay for Life.
A bone marrow registration drive is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in front of Gold’s Gym and Juice Vibes, 11694 U.S. 70 Business, Clayton. The drive is designed to benefit people who will need a bone marrow transplant because other treatments for their blood cancer or blood diseases did not work. To learn more, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/612023135628354/.
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The Clayton Police Department is enrolling young people in its second Teen Summer Academy, which will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 11-15. The camp will feature visits to the county’s jail and 911 communications center, a run through a shooting simulator, SWAT demonstrations and an introduction to the Clayton department’s K-9 team. To sign up for the free camp, email Officer Owen Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HeartChase Clayton, originally scheduled for May 21 on Town Square, has been postponed to Sept. 10 and moved to Johnston Health in Clayton. The American Heart Association’s HeartChase is an “Amazing Race”-style event. Teams compete in challenges while raising funds to support the work of the American Heart Association. Learn more about HeartChase and sign up at heartchaseclayton.org.
This summer, the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will offer a nature camp for children ages 6-10. One session will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 13-17. Another will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 15-19. Children will learn about plants, animals and habitats. The price is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
Boy Scout Troop 33 will wash cars from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in the parking lot at Oakland Presbyterian Church, 8927 Cleveland Road. The Boy Scouts will accept donations.
A rock-a-thon to benefit Johnston Health Home Care and Hospice is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the Johnston Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The event will feature live entertainment, children’s games, raffles and a silent auction.
Johnston County’s landfill and solid waste convenience centers will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.
A diabetes self-management class will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, 305 E. Market St., Smithfield. The class is free. For more information, call the Johnston County Public Health Department at 919-989-5200.
The second annual Elder Abuse Awareness Walk is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, on the Smithfield Town Commons, 200 S. Front St., Smithfield. To learn more, call 919-989-5300 or email email@example.com.
The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program in Johnston County is seeking volunteers to educate Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers about the federal health insurance program. To learn more about becoming a SHIIP volunteer, call Debbie Stroud at 919-989-5380.
The Cooperative Extension Services in Johnston and Wilson counties are coming together to offer workshops in food preservation. Here’s the remaining schedule: “Pickles – Fermented & Acidified,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 18 at Johnston County Cooperative Extension, 2726 N.C. 210, Smithfield; and “Food Dehydrating,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug 20, Johnston County. The cost is $25 per workshop. To register for a Johnston workshop, call 919-989-5380; in Wilson County, call 252-237-0111.
The women of Progressive Presbyterian Church are collecting gently worn shoes to benefit Alzheimer’s research. In Princeton, drop-off places are Piggly Wiggly, Just Gifts and Progressive Presbyterian Church. In Pine Level, they’re the Town Market and Carol’s Beauty Shop. Other drop-off spots are Head Heads Beauty Salon in Smithfield and the Brogden Fire Department. For more information, call Helen Lawhon at 919-934-7640.
The Smithfield Parks and Recreation will offer a number of LEGO camps this summer at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road. Here they are:
“Construction Vehicles & Machines,” for ages 5-7, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 11-15. The cost is $150. Register online at http://register.play-well.org/registration/new/49070.
“Jedi Engineering,” for ages 5-7, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 1-5. The cost is $150. Register online at http://register.play-well.org/registration/new/49072.
“Bashem Bots,” for ages 8-12, will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. July 11-15. The cost is $150. Register online at http://register.play-well.org/registration/new/49071.
“Jedi Master Engineering,” for ages 8-12, will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 1-5. The cost is $150. Register online at http://register.play-well.org/registration/new/49073.
The Smithfield Police Department will offer a teen police academy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 25-29. Learn about traffic stops, radio communications and the daily life of a police officer. See the county jail and the department’s canine unit. The academy is open to ages 15-18. Applications are available at the police station, 110 S. Fifth St. The deadline to apply is July 15. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A blood drive is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church, 652 Swift Creek Road, Smithfield. To schedule an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “Melissa” or call 800-733-2767.
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